As a senator calls for a nationwide review of the forced sterilization of Indigenous women, a lawyer representing a proposed class action detailed the women's accounts of being sterilized without proper and informed consent.
At least 60 Indigenous women are pursuing a class-action lawsuit launched last year, alleging they underwent forced sterilizations over the past 20 to 25 years in Saskatchewan.
In most of the cases — some happening as recently as 2017 — the "women report being told that the procedure was reversible," Lombard said.
She said the procedures, known as tubal ligation, have had a huge effect on the women.
Following an independent review in Jan. 2017, the Saskatoon Health Region apologized for the past coercion of Indigenous women to undergo surgical sterilization.
Indigenous women coerced into tubal ligation felt 'invisible, profiled and powerless' according to an external report.
The 57-page report interviewed seven Indigenous women and compiled details described as "scare tactics" to get their consent. »